I’m Pregnant, should I get a Flu shot?
One of the most frequently asked questions that we get from expectant mothers during Flu season is how to best protect themselves and their babies from the Flu.
All of our providers at Women’s Health Specialists follow the CDC recommendations that pregnant women should receive the Flu Vaccine, not only for their safety but for their baby’s safety as well.
The Flu Vaccine prompts the body to build up antibodies that help fight infection. The antibodies are then passed to the unborn baby through the placenta to protect them from the flu before birth and continue to protect them during their first few months of life.
At Women’s Health Specialists, we start offering the Flu Vaccine to our pregnant patients in September because it takes about 2 weeks for the body to begin building antibodies. We encourage women to get vaccinated well before the Flu starts spreading in The Fox Valley Community.
During pregnancy, changes in a woman’s immune system make her more susceptible to severe illness from the Flu, putting her at higher risk for serious complications.
Common symptoms of the Flu can include fever/chills, body aches, feeling tires, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and cough. Symptoms DO NOT include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If you are pregnant and start developing symptoms of the Flu, please call your OB/GYN provider immediately.
Prevention is 50% of the cure. Practice good health habits such as getting plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, avoid touching your face, nose, mouth and eyes, wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer regularly and clean/disinfect frequently touched areas at home and at work.
If you would like to schedule your Flu Vaccine with Women’s Health Specialists, please call 920-749-4000.